ORIENT BAY BEACH, one of the finest beaches in the world, with white sand and crystal clear blue waters at the eastern end of the Island of St Martin. And that’s just the shoreside venue! The racing takes place in the sheltered seas off the beach, with breezes just in from the Atlantic. Conditions that quicken the pulse of event the most jaded Laser sailor.
Club Orient, situated right on the beach, offers all participant special prices on bungalows which sleep up to four, for the duration of the regatta. This regatta has been organised here for the past 24 years with great success. Club Orient offers regatta special rates – Click Here to read more about the accommodation available
The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. The French side (St Martin), is a Colectivité of France and is noted for its fine dining and relaxed beautiful beaches. Sint Maarten (the ‘Dutch side’) is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is well-known for its exciting nightlife and duty-free shopping.
The island’s largest airport (SXM – Princess Juliana International Airport) is one of the largest hubs in the Caribbean, with direct daily flights to a number of Caribbean and US cities as well as Paris, and regular flights from Amsterdam.
One may also fly in to the smaller airport on the French side (Grand Case) depending on where you are coming from and with which airline. Regular regional airlines between Caribbean islands include LIAT, Winnair, Inselair and DAE. Major airlines servicing the island are: US Airways, Air Caraibes, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, KLM, Air France, and Corsairfly.
Taxis are readily available at the airports ($25 from PJIA to Orient Beach). You can rent a car directly at Club Orient with Hertz Car Rental. Driving is on the right side of the road and foreign driving licenses are recognized. The island of St. Martin requires seatbelts and prohibits cell phone usage and drinking while driving.